I’ve been driving the Honda Civic Hybrid 2009 for around 2 months now and I have mixed feelings. In the showroom, it had a nice green sticker on it indicating that fuel consumption would be 4.6L per 100km but that has been far from my experience. Yes, I understand that it complies with ADR81/01 tests and that this figure could change depending on my drive style and traffic conditions but the closest average figure I’ve been able to get is around 6.8L to 7.0L per 100km.While even this figure is still very economical compared to other cars, I would like to see it hit at least the 5.0L mark.
Here’s a photo of the color that we got. It’s exactly the same except, we have front, back and side skirts.
RRP for this car is approximately $42,000.
I’ve always been a fan of Honda interiors and Honda hasn’t let me down with the insides of the Honda Civic Hybrid 2009. Controls and dash are intuitive and I like how you can change the display to show different kinds of information such as outside temperature and fuel economy. A bit disappointed with lack of iPod / iPhone integration and bluetooth capabilities.
How the Honda Civic Hybrid 2009 Works
There are four major car actions that work together to give the Civic Hybrid optimum fuel efficiency:
When you start off or accelerate, the electric motor and petrol engines combine to give a dual power supply. This maximises efficiency saving on fuel costs.
Once cruising at low speeds, the electric motor kicks in and stops the pistons firing – providing power from stored kinetic energy.
This stored energy comes from the battery pack. So you keep running costs and fuel consumption to a minimum.
The battery gets charged when the car is slowing, travelling downhill or braking, with the wheels acting like a dynamo to charge the power pack. Again, you’re saving on fuel and emissions.
When stationary the engine stops completely, conserving even more fuel and energy.
My Driving Environment
I live approximately 10km from Melbourne CBD and regularly drive in medium-heavy traffic. So as a tip, for anyone driving in the same kind of conditions, don’t expect to achieve the best economy even in a hybrid vehicle. On the other hand, having the Honda Civic Hybrid 2009, does make driving more interesting – I am forever trying to beat my lowest fuel consumption on a daily basis by changing my drive style.
I’ve noticed that if I time my accelerations and cruises that my economy improves. Not only that, there’s also the game of “keeping the hybrid battery meter topped up”. The cumulative result is an overall more fuel efficient drive.
Happy But Could Be Happier
At the end of the day, despite not having been able to achieve the advertised economy, it’s been an interesting experience driving the Honda Civic Hybrid 2009. At least, I have first hand experience in how these things work and what to really expect.
If you have any tips on making hybrids run more effectively, I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.Tags: Civic Hybrid, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Hybrid, How Hybrid Cars Work, Hybrid Car, Hybrid Vehicle